Armed Forces

Westbourne Medical Centre are an accredited armed forces veteran friendly GP practice – click below to see more information.

Dorset HealthCare

The service is for members of the armed forces community (AFC) living in Dorset (including Bournemouth and Poole).

We can help people in the armed forces community access health and social care services across Dorset (including Bournemouth and Poole).

Our Armed Forces Community Health and Wellbeing Team (AFCT) can help to assess your needs and, if appropriate, liaise with local organisations to ensure you receive support with issues such as health, welfare, housing and employment.

NHS Website

Military information about NHS healthcare

Veterans’ Mental Health Transition,

Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS)
The TILS is for both serving personnel approaching discharge from the military and ex-forces with mental health difficulties. The service provides a range of treatment, from recognising the early signs of mental health problems and providing access to early support, to therapeutic treatment for complex mental health difficulties and psychological trauma. Help may also be provided with housing, employment, alcohol misuse and social support

Veterans Welfare Service (VWS) – South West

VWS is committed to enhancing the quality of life for veterans and beneficiaries of Veterans UK pensions and compensation schemes, and all their dependants via a national network of welfare managers across the UK and Republic of Ireland. One to one advice is provided by phone, email or home visit when needed. It also provides support to bereaved families and those responding to life events that present welfare needs. Veterans Welfare Service is now the first point of contact for veterans needing help with legacy investigations and inquests

Defence Transition Services (DTS) – South West

DTS provides information and support for those service leavers and their families who are most likely to face challenges as they leave the armed forces and adjust to civilian life. DTS is a one-to-one service, providing tailored information and guidance and facilitating access to support services, including from other government departments, local authorities, the NHS or trusted charities. DTS can be accessed via self-referral or through an external organisation, such as a charity or the Career Transition Partnership. Service leavers can also access DTS via the Chain of Command and their unit.

Veterans Gateway

Veteran focused information, advice and support

Shelter – Bournemouth

Shelter’s advice and support services across the UK give people one-to-one, personalised help with all their housing issues. Their solicitors provide free legal advice and attend court to help people who’ve lost their homes or are facing eviction.

Bournemouth Above And Beyond Trust

BAABT is an organisation that offers a support service and network amongst serving & ex-military personnel. It provides support for academic and vocational qualifications towards a chosen career pathway; water-sports polyvagal intervention therapy for the relief of anxiety, depression and PTSD and 1-1 and group support.

With You

Get free, confidential support with alcohol, drugs or mental health from one of our local services or online

Mind – Bournemouth

Your local council is the point of contact for general enquiries. Please check website/contact for further details at this location. Be sure to mention you are a veteran for tailored support.


Online service providing access to people with anxiety, depression and other common mental health issues